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Developing Leadership When Things Are Not Good

By Tom McCauley / April 23, 2020

Originally posted on the AIM Institute blog No one knows how the coronavirus pandemic will evolve, how long the economy will stay underwater, or even what recovery looks like.  But the radical workplace upheaval and sudden ad hoc shift to remote technology over the past month suggest two truths:  We need more tech talent.   We…

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Hybrid85 passes profits onto farmers

By Henry Nunn / March 4, 2020

At the very top of the Nebraska State Capitol building stands a 32-foot tall bronze statue of the Sower, a figure representing agriculture’s vital role in the development of modern civilization. Maybe it wasn’t the best fit for the state license plate, but the Sower is an undeniable symbol of Nebraska. According to the Nebraska…

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Research: Talent Attraction Case Study (Nebraska)

By SPN Team / November 8, 2019

Last summer, the Aksarben Foundation approached Chapman and Company about creating a landscape analysis on talent for Nebraska.  While this analysis is about Nebraska, there are many lessons for communities throughout the Silicon Prairie region. Here are some broad stroke lessons from the report: The United States is WAY behind on technology talent.  This is…

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Groover Labs Opening in Wichita

By SPN Team / October 1, 2019

Groover Labs Opening in Wichita Groover Labs is a 42,000 square foot coworking center and maker space located in Old Town in Wichita.   Old Town is located on the eastern edge of Wichita’s downtown and is known for its eclectic-ness.  Many claim that Old Town is the neighborhood that sits as the anchor of the…

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Lawn Buddy Continues Strong Growth

By Tom Chapman / September 25, 2019

Lawn Buddy is a software company based in Wichita, Kansas.  The company provides software and mobile tools to more than 10,000 users in the lawn care business. We sat down with Steven Werner the CEO of Lawn Buddy to ask him about the new round and about the company.  When asked why Lawn Buddy exists,…

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Wichita Based Alyss Analytics Raises Another Round

By SPN Team / September 19, 2019

Wichita based Knoxx filed paperwork this week with the SEC indicating that it had raised another early stage round. The company which provides the Alyss Analytics engine helps companies deliver HR consulting services around a software product that captures and reviews audio and video submissions of potential employees.  The goal is to automate and review…

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Research: State Funding Report for the Silicon Prairie

By Tom Chapman / September 16, 2019

2018 was a terrific year for the Silicon Prairie regarding venture dollars deployed.  More than $6.1B was deployed in the region.  While the number of companies receiving funds was about 8% lower (approximately 1450 companies were venture backed in the region), the amount of funding was up more than 34.5% from 2017 to 2018.  Thus,…

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Join Pipeline, Change Your Entrepreneurial Trajectory

By Tom Chapman / August 28, 2019

Today, August 28th, the Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship is opening its application for 2020 fellows. Pipeline is the premier networking, mentoring, and entrepreneurial encouragement program in the Midwest.  It has effectively helped build a network throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.  In so doing, Pipeline has helped, inspired, networked, and shaped individual entrepreneurs that have collectively created…

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First fundings research report

By Tom Chapman / August 2, 2019

In talking to Jessica Straus, Dundee Venture Capital’s new Venture Partner, it occurred to me that we should write an update on first fundings in what Straus called the “mighty middle”. This paper describes first fundings.  First fundings are a recordation of companies that raise capital for the first time.  This paper uses Pitchbook data…

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Your guide to the Heartland’s 1 Million Cups events

By Razia Aziz-Seible / June 17, 2019

1 Million Cups was developed in Kansas City, MO in 2012 by Co-Founders Cameron Cushman and Nate Olson who were working at the time on the Entrepreneurship Team at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  What began as an experiment to bring entrepreneurs in one city together over a cup of coffee towards a goal of…

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